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Caption by Bill Cleary (photos by Adrianne Parent)

THE GRAND OPENING of the City of Gloucester City Water Works was held on September 21. Attending the ceremony were former council members who were instrumental in the planning of the project along with present council members who continued to work on the plans and passed legislation for the funding of the $9.6 million plant.

100_0442 Former council members included: Mayor Thomas Kilcourse, Councilmembers Ray Coxe, Jean Kaye, William Hagan Sr., Patrick Keating, Anthony Kormann, Elsie Loebell, administrator Paul Kain.

Present council members: Mayor William James, Council members John Hutchinson, Dan Spencer Jr., Nicholas Marchese, Bruce Parry, Jay Brophy, Kellie Ferry, administrator Jack Lipsett.

The existing Gloucester City Water Treatment Plant was originally constructed in the early 1880s. The reservoir and filter building were constructed in 1883, while the settling tank and pump house were constructed in 1921. The main treatment equipment, which are the pressure sand filter tanks were installed in 1959.

The replacement was needed to improve water quality being pumped from the City wells and to replace existing equipment that has exceeded its life expectancy.

The new water treatment plant was constructed on the site of the reservoir and included new aerators for gas removal from the well water, plate settlers for iron and manganese removal, new pressure sand filters to polish the water, and air stripper towers to remove chemical contaminants from the water. The replacement plant was designed by the City Engineers, Remington & Vernick Engineers in coordination with the City’s Water Department Director, Fred Schindler, and his staff.

The plant was built by L. C Construction of Williamstown, New Jersey for the amount of $ 9,636,000.  The City is funding the project through a low interest loan from the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust Program.

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